Original Czechoslovakian WWII Vz32 / M32 "Egg-Shell" Helmet Reissued for German Luftschutz Use
Original Item: Only One Available. This is something that is rarely seen! This is a very rare Pre-WWII Czechoslovakian Vz32 Steel helmet, sometimes known as the M32, M34, Vz32/34, and other designations. After the Munich Agreement, Czechoslovakia was virtually handed over to Germany, and occupied. Their helmets and technology were then put in the service of NSDAP Germany, including many of their helmets. This particular Vz32 helmet was pressed into service with the German Reichsluftschutzbund (RLB) (National Air Raid Protection League). It was painted the standard blue color of Luftschutz helmets, and had the large Luftschutz decal applied to the front. These are very rare, and this is the first example we have had.
The Vz32 was the last of many Czech helmet designs, and were issued in the 1930's and saw service right through to the German Invasion. These helmets would be continued to be worn well after with the German Luftschutz and the German Allied Slovak Army on the Eastern Front. After the war these helmets would be adopted by the Civil Defense and Fire Brigade units.
The Vz32 shell is "egg-shell" shaped, unlike many helmets of the day, which had pronounced contouring, front brims, etc. It has a unique 5 pad liner system, which utilizes 5 discrete pads that are riveted to the shell, along with a standard heavy leather split chinstrap attached on bales that are riveted directly to the shell.
This helmet is set up in Luftschutz configuration, with blue paint and a decal on the outside. However the inside still features the original liner, with the padding still in place. The chin strap is still present, and is an interesting leather variant that uses a hook type clasp. It has the correct 5 pad liner system, but it is of a different style than we usually see, so it may have been field replaced at one point.
Most Vz32 helmets were refurbished post WWII, making this a rare find. The exterior shell retains most of the Luftschutz paint, with some ares on the front where it was scraped off. The decal is retained at almost 100%, with just a few small scratches. The liner is also in very good condition, with just a bit of staining from age. The leather is a bit dry after years of storage. Really a great example of a rare helmet!
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